The goal of the City of Robinson's water conservation use ordinance is to achieve a voluntary reduction in water usage to conserve the available water supply and protect the integrity of water supply facilities to conserve the available water supply and protect the integrity of water supply facilities, with particular regard for domestic water use, sanitation, and fire protection, and to protect and preserve public health, welfare, and safety and minimize the adverse impacts of water supply shortage or other water supply emergency condition.
Stage 1 Response - Water Watch has been activated for the City of Robinson
Drought conditions have worsened in the Brazos River Basin of Texas, and forecasters are predicting that dry conditions may continue. Summer heat brings higher water usage, so it is important for us to take the necessary steps to prevent the loss of drinking water for basic health and safety services. With this higher usage, Public water systems may start to see a strain on their water supplies. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is encouraging public water systems to take reasonable measures to 1) increase conservation efforts and 2) Identify and secure alternative water supplies to meet potable water needs. Therefore, the City of Robinson is implementing Water Watch - Stage 1 of the City of Robinson's "Drought Contingency Plan" which is to begin informing the community of good water management techniques inside and outside the home, including such practices as cutting back on lawn irrigation times and developing landscapes that require less water. If drought conditions worsen or we do not see a drop in water usage, the City of Robinson will move to Stage 2 – Mild Water Shortage Condition of the "Drought Contingency Plan."
Ways to Help
Outdoor Water Conservation
- Check your water meter and the bill to track usage.
- Water your lawn or garden in the early morning, or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Use sprinklers for larger areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid water waste.
- Choose shrubs and ground covers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Install spa covers and check for pump leaks.
- Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it is needed.
- Report broken pipes and obvious irrigation system malfunctions to property owners or water provider.
- Irrigation system audits consist of site inspection, performance test, and schedule check. Each activity in itself can result in significant water and cost savings by ensuring heads are working properly, limiting overspray, and watering occurs during optimal times of the day.
Indoor Water Conservation
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when it is full, saving you 1,000 gallons per month.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Upgrade older toilets to water-efficient models.
- Throw tissues in the trash, not your toilet.
- Install water-saving aerators on all faucets.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth to save 25 gallons per month.
- When giving pets fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain; use it for your plants.